Afghan passport ranked as world's worst for international travel in 2020

Henley Index: Afghan Passport Ranked As World’s Worst Passport

Pakistani passport maintains it's posistion as the fourth worst.


Your travel passport is more than just a travel document. It also tells about your country’s place in the world and which countries you can stay in (and for how long). Passports also indicates the benefits you’re entitled to and how well you are treated around the world.

However, the primary yardstick for compiling the list of word’s most prestigious passports’ is the number of destinations to which the holder of a country’s passport can travel to without a prior entry visa.

Henly & Partners Passport Index is a global ranking of all the passports of the world according to the number of destinations they can access without a prior visa and the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy.

Based on the new list by the Henley Passport Index which has been updated on 7th July 2020, the Afghan passport is has ranked on the 109th position.

According to the latest rankings , the passports of countries such as Pakistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and the Palestinian territories are in a better position than Afghan passports in terms of power and prestige.

The ranking is surveyed on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest database of travel information and it is enhanced by extensive, ongoing research by the Henley & Partners Research Department. The Ranking is published on a yearly basis.

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Japan holds top spot on the Henley Passport Index for the third year running, offering citizens visa-free access to a record 190 destinations, whereas Singapore continues to hold 2nd place, along with South Korea, which has moved up from 3rd place, with citizens able to access 189 destinations.

Afghan Passport holders still enjoy visa-free access to 26 countries.

Japan retained the top spot as the world’s most powerful passport, while  Singapore took the second spot on the list. Germany tied with South Korea for the third spot.

European countries also performed favourably, with Finland sitting on fourth along with Italy, Luxembourg and Spain. Denmark and Austra taking the fifth spot. Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, France and Ireland sit on sixth spot on the list.

Here is the updated list of the 10 most powerful passports in the world 2020:

  1. Japan (191 destinations)
  2. Singapore (190 destinations)
  3. Germany & South Korea (189 destinations)
  4. Finland, Luxembourg, Spain and Italy (188 destinations)
  5. Austria Denmark (187 destinatons)
  6. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden (186 destinations)
  7. Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States (185 destinations)
  8. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta and New Zealand (184 destinations)
  9. Australia and Canada (183 destinations)
  10. Hungary (182 destinations)

Here is the list of 2020’s five least powerful passports in the world:

  1. Afghanistan (26 destinations)
  2. Iraq (28 destinations)
  3. Syria (29 destinations)
  4. Pakistan (32 destinations)
  5. Somalia and Yemen (32 destinations)

Stasu Raaye

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